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See You In Roanoke

Next weekend I will be heading off to MystiCon, in Roanoke, Virginia, where I'll be a Guest of Honor. A new con for me, and a new part of the country (it's been on my schedule since 2013).

They have a website at http://mysticon-va.com/ with a list of all the other guests -- but, alas, it says there that they are sold out, so if you're not signed up, you may be out of luck.

I am looking forward to spending some time with old friends there, and to making some new ones.

Truth be told, I need a good con just about now. I am tired and I am stressed, and I am so so so sick of the toxic rancor that more and more seems to characterize the internet.

So... let's raise a few glasses and have a few laughs at MystiCon, and try to remember why we love science fiction, fandom, and each other.

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harleyquinn87
Feb. 22nd, 2016 08:02 pm (UTC)
toxic exhaustion
I hope you get what you're looking for at the con! It's sad to hear you speak of toxic rancor online. I had thought that most people had responded positively to your update? Unless you're referring to something else?
grrm
Feb. 22nd, 2016 08:42 pm (UTC)
Re: toxic exhaustion
Yes, I am referring to something else. Several something elses, actually. Not everything I comment on has to do with me personally or with WINDS.

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VAbrooks
Feb. 22nd, 2016 08:03 pm (UTC)
Safe travels to the Commonwealth!
When I was last there, I ate at Carlos Brazilian International Cuisine and Mission BBQ. You'll love both places.
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lorilay_7
Feb. 22nd, 2016 08:04 pm (UTC)
I'm so sorry that you feel this way about the Internet. Perhaps my comment is meaningless, but your projects is awesome and I wish you all best.
itsandrewman
Feb. 22nd, 2016 08:07 pm (UTC)
Enjoy the con George! Don't let the internet get to you.
RPK_
Feb. 22nd, 2016 08:09 pm (UTC)
Well George I hope you have a good time at Mysticon and get a chance to recharge. Roanoke seems like a peaceful area.

Just curious, are you saying you are tired of people complaining about TWOW or is it from other keyboard rumblings? Thanks
grrm
Feb. 22nd, 2016 08:42 pm (UTC)
No, nothing to do with WINDS.
BryndenBFish
Feb. 22nd, 2016 08:10 pm (UTC)
Reading?
Enjoy the break! Are you planning on a reading from THE WINDS OF WINTER or from FIRE AND BLOOD at Mysticon?
grrm
Feb. 22nd, 2016 08:43 pm (UTC)
Re: Reading?
That's the plan.
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harryberger89
Feb. 22nd, 2016 08:10 pm (UTC)
Internet
The Republican primary is making the internet depressing and toxic.
az123456789876543211
Feb. 23rd, 2016 03:55 am (UTC)
Re: Internet
The democratic one also has been getting very toxic lately
ATHuffman
Feb. 22nd, 2016 08:12 pm (UTC)
Mysticon
George-

I think you need time away from the internet. A good old fashion party would help tremendously. Pretend it's 1971 or 1975 or 1977 and make a damn fine time of it sir.

Also, the internet pulls out the Mr. Hyde in many people. I hope you know that you have many fans whom are less vocal and in your corner.

Relax and have fun.
Will Marszalek
Feb. 22nd, 2016 08:12 pm (UTC)
Enjoy!
Enjoy a well deserved break, GRRM! Nothing as refreshing as a nice weekend of revelry to recharge the batteries.
jalalnoir
Feb. 22nd, 2016 08:15 pm (UTC)
You deserve it
Hope you'll enjoy it Sir , and I hope someone uploads it to YouTube .
sothe
Feb. 22nd, 2016 08:21 pm (UTC)
enjoy!
yeah, my subject says it all pretty much. You have written more amazing and wonderful things, that have enlightened and entertain us, for decades! you deserve a break, and to have some fun! So, please, go have your fun... live your life! But if you dont get around to writing the end of GoT... that's OK..I'll make it up! ;)
brownhops
Feb. 22nd, 2016 08:27 pm (UTC)
Have fun George.
Anonymity affords assholeishness. The unfortunate downside to the Internet.
cdantoni
Feb. 22nd, 2016 08:28 pm (UTC)
You have to ignore the Internet!
Enjoy the trip! Wish I can travel down there.
Dan Mcreedeez
Feb. 22nd, 2016 08:29 pm (UTC)
Enjoy the Con
Enjoy yourself at Mysticon! Too often people forget that their favorite authors, actors, singers, performers, etc. are people with feelings, dreams and goals just like the rest of us. Relax and have some fun, no doubt you could use it.

Oh, and if you are feeling adventurous, and are into that sort of thing, go take a drive along the Blue Ridge Parkway. The scenery is beautiful and when I lived in VA while attending Virginia Tech, I found it a welcome break from the fast paced internet life.
Tristan Plummer
Feb. 22nd, 2016 11:46 pm (UTC)
Re: Enjoy the Con
I'll echo the drive along the Blue Ridge Parkway. It's an incredibly pleasant scenic drive. A perfect space to gather one's thoughts!
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dragonborngurl
Feb. 22nd, 2016 08:42 pm (UTC)
You have yourself a fantastic time George and I totally get what you're feeling. I promise you, I do. I also experienced the toxic scary world of hate via the internet years ago for a reason I won't get into here. Not because it would bore you, quite the contrary, it was a fascinating reveal of human nature, but because it's too intense and detailed to get into. But, I will impart a bit of wisdom I learned from that experience. Which I hope you do not take offense to, because you're probably one of the most wise people I know of! But, alas, like myself you're a person with high integrity, honor, respect for others and all those things we expect most humans to possess. *sigh* please try to remember in the sea of unkind, uncouth and aggressive jerks, there are those few pearls, like us who love you. Genuinely respect you and value you for the man you are and the creative genius you allow us to share with you. I learned to block them. the worst of them are not worth anything more than that. It also makes them furious and then the whole world sees their masks unravel. Big bear hugs and you be you! OMMMMMMMMM remember to relax pet your kitty and every other animal that crosses your path, or even go to the Wolf Sanctuary and put in some Wolf petting time. :)
rodrigozanotta
Feb. 22nd, 2016 08:52 pm (UTC)
have fub
Go have fun George, forget about all the rest. Your trully fans know that we will always get amazing books from you, in your time. Ignore all the trolls

Have a few drinks :D
KrovSeven
Feb. 22nd, 2016 08:57 pm (UTC)
George, have you considered hiring a copy typist? You said you type with one finger, which has an average of 10-15 words per minute. A fast typist can write 200 words per minute.
I know most of the writing and ideas take time in your head, but at least the process of writing things down would be 20 times faster.
grrm
Feb. 22nd, 2016 09:30 pm (UTC)
Typing speed has never been a problem for me.
Isaac Adams
Feb. 22nd, 2016 09:06 pm (UTC)
Enjoy Virginia
Excited you're coming so near my home. Not so excited I didn't know about it long enough beforehand to do anything about it! Roanoke is a great place. Hope you have a wonderful break from the Internet in the Old Dominion.
Kreen Kreeners
Feb. 22nd, 2016 09:12 pm (UTC)
Roanoke
I sincerely hope you enjoy your time. Everyone needs a break from the internet once in a while, and the real world luckily shows us that not everyone is an asshat as the internet sometimes portrays.

Take your time to unwind, in the meanwhile I'll be re-reading and putting on my tinfoil hat.
Francis Brown
Feb. 22nd, 2016 09:13 pm (UTC)
Relax
Time to fire up the old Dead Albums, George, and chill.

And besides, the Jets released Cromartie, so you can't be too stressed!
grrm
Feb. 22nd, 2016 09:30 pm (UTC)
Re: Relax
I liked Cromartie.
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brianbrecker
Feb. 22nd, 2016 09:16 pm (UTC)
Have a great time!
I look forward to seeing you at Balticon 50! (if I can make it) I hope you have a fantastic trip.
dragonmakr
Feb. 22nd, 2016 09:17 pm (UTC)
MystiCon is a great little convention, this will be my third year. It's run by folks I really like. It's unlikely that I'll get to see any of your panels, as I will be busy in the dealer's room all weekend, selling my dragons.

I hope you have a really good time there - I certainly have!
Jasmine Townsel
Feb. 22nd, 2016 09:29 pm (UTC)
Have fun!
I'm excited about Mysticon and it'll be great seeing you there!
Nathan Heep
Feb. 22nd, 2016 09:47 pm (UTC)
Enjoy it!
Glad you get to take a break and recharge your batts. Lawd knows you've given me ample reading material to do so in the past. Rest easy!
jsciv
Feb. 22nd, 2016 10:20 pm (UTC)
You were in that area once before: some years ago you were a guest at Technicon in Blacksburg (just down the road): I had the wonderful pleasure of meeting you and joining you and Ursula Vernon for lunch! I don't live there anymore but it's still a wonderful area to go back to!

Have a great time!!
grrm
Feb. 22nd, 2016 10:31 pm (UTC)
I remember Technicon.

Did not realize it was the same area. Cool.
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